¶ SO we beseech you, as helpers, that the grace of God which you have received may not be in vain among you.
For he said, I have answered you in an acceptable time, and I have helped you on the day of salvation;
behold, now is the acceptable time;
and behold now is the day of salvation.
Give no occasion for offence to any one in anything, so that there be no blemish in our ministry;
But in all things let us show ourselves to be the ministers of God in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in imprisonment,
In scourgings, in bonds, in tumults, in toilings, in vigils, in fastings;
By purity, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by praise and reproach, as deceivers, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known;
as dying, and behold, we live;
as chastened, and not dying;
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
as poor, yet enriching many;
as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
¶ O Corinthians, we have told you everything, and our heart is relieved.
You are not constrained by us, but are urged by your affections.
I speak as to my children, render me my reward which is with you, increase your love toward me.
Do not unite in marriage with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with iniquity?
Or what mingling has light with darkness?
Or what accord has Christ with Satan?
Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever?
Or what harmony has the temple of God with idols?
For you are the temple of the living God;
as it is said.
I will dwell in them and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you,
And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.